At just 16 years old, Yorkshire native Billie Marten is already making a name for herself. Her brand of folk-pop sounds well beyond her years. There is a heavy maturity when it comes to composition and lyrics that puts art above everything else. She dropped her debut EP, As Long As, in November 2015. And since then, she has been garnering more and more attention in the UK and internationally.

I caught up with the young chanteuse via email (as she was in the midst of her studies) to find out about her influences and what this new experience of releasing an EP has been like. And while you're reading, take a moment to take a break from your day and be swept away by Ms. Marten's latest single, 'Bird'

What is your earliest memory of music? When you were young, what did your family listen to around the house?

I'm pretty sure it was David Bowie's Hunky Dory in the car; or I remember Dad playing John Martyn and Radiohead LPs around the house. Either way, music was constantly on.

What were some of your personal favorite albums and bands growing up that influence you now?

Mainly people like Joni or Kate Bush. I remember listening to a lot of Damien Rice, especially - which is probably one of the main reasons I wanted to play guitar. John Martyn, too. His first album, London Conversation, is, and was, always on repeat. I love the mistakes in it and how young he seems before he got big. It's also one of my favourite sleeves too.

What are some contemporary albums, musicians, and bands that you love who influence your writing and composition?

I wouldn't say I'm influenced by contemporary music, but in production I love to reference great things in great music; like 10cc or The Flaming Lips or Brian Eno. But I'm more influenced by people more similarly folky, like Nick Drake or Simon and Garfunkel.

When you're having writer's block, what is one album that seems to put you back on the path and get the juices flowing again?

Recently it's been Sufjan Steven's, Carrie & Lowell, because he's one of those artists that can say anything in a song and it sound beautiful. Or Nick Drake's, Pink Moon. Anytime.

I heard that you have been working on exams and studying, "Art A Level". What exactly do these studies entail?

It's a fine arts course so the course looks at a load of different artists from different time spans, from the St Ives artists of Cornwall to Van Gogh. You make studies of them and at the end make a final piece inspired by them.

Have you ever drawn influence from other art mediums such as paintings or photographs?

I've always been into art as well as music, and sometimes I'll paint something if I've got time at home; but nothing special. I'm not that great at it, but I like it. And I'll always carry a disposable camera around with me because I think they take great photos, then I'll stick them in this book I have at home which will take an absolute age to fill.

Who are some of your favorite authors and/ or poets that inspire you with your own writing?

I love T.S Eliot, Ted Hughes and Dorothy Parker, especially. Quite often I'll read something of theirs and a song will come out the other end. I think they're great people who've said everything I could ever want to say.

Even though you are only 16 years old, what was that "A-ha" moment when you realized you wanted to pursue music as not just a hobby, but a full blown profession?

The whole music thing was accidental- one horrendous Youtube video 4 years ago and somehow I'm making EPs and doing gigs. I don't understand any of it really; I'm just sort of going with it and pretending I know what I'm doing. I hope it's not just me who does that, ha. Although, I do quite fancy being a cobbler, or making soundtracks for films; there's back-up plans.

What was it like playing your first live show performing your own songs? How did it feel to perform in front of others instead of the comfort of your room?

I did my first proper London show last year at Blue Flowers, and it was surreal. I never really like playing gigs that much (but obviously you have to do them), so I was super nervous. But somehow, it didn't seem that bad when I got up there. I had an insanely good band and the audience was mainly friends and family and people I knew in music; so in a way it did sort of feel like I was in the lounge at home, ha.

What was it like recording your EP, As Long As?

My favourite time of music is recording/producing. I'm so proud of As Long As because it took so long to make and the songs are from all different times. Also, it was recorded in a load of different places with three different producers. But, I hope the songs all feed into each other and they don't sound too dissimilar. It was such an honour to make and I'm glad it's out there.

Now that you have played more live shows and recorded an EP, what have you learned about the differences between a song working in the studio and a song needing to work live?

There's a lot more intricate stuff you can do with a song in the studio, and you can be spontaneous and add crazy sounds to a song that you can't do live- like bashing the light fittings or finding old synths. But, live I think the songs sound a lot smoother and there's a lot less going on. I'm still working on the live stuff though, there's always a lot for me to learn.

Because of your age, do you ever find people make assumptions on what music you like and where you draw influence from? Do they ever go as far as including your gender in that assumption as well?

I've never been generalized by gender but my influences don't coincide with my age. I listen to as much old music as I do new because I think it's important to listen to stuff that's just come out, as well as routing through old records to find things I've completely missed because I wasn't there.

What is one band, musician, or singer that fans would be surprised you love?

I've grown up listening to Kanye and Eminem just as much as all the folky acoustic people. I love Motown and The Fugees, and also, Royal Blood are one of my faves.

If you had to choose one musician, alive or dead, who would you most want to collaborate with?

Probably Thom Yorke. Although, I think I would end up not being able to sing for the fact that I'm in the same room as him. Or Nick Cave, but he might be too intense.

Lastly, what advice would you give aspiring musicians? Any words of wisdom based on your experiences so far?

Even if you think you are god awful, put things on the internet anyway. Also, don't let anyone change your clothes or hair.